26 Jan 2012

Authorities in Fiji evaluating damage

8:56 am on 26 January 2012

The authorities in Fiji are evaluating the damage in the flood-ravaged Western district of Viti Levu.

A landslide at a village has claimed the lives of a family of four bringing the total death toll to six, while about fifteen hundred people have been forced out of their homes.

A Disaster Response Adviser for the United Nations, Peter Muller, says the rains have stopped for the time being and floodwaters are receding.

"So now it's a matter of looking what the damage is to infrastructure, to houses, to shops, and to agriculture. There's been a couple of bridges washed away, so that will take some time."

Peter Muller says the respite may be short lived with the rain set to return within 24 hours.